Builders work on powerboat to break circumnavigation record

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Work started in Great Britain on what designers hope will be the fastest circumnavigating powerboat in history.

Alan Priddy, a veteran of dozens of maritime challenges, believes he can break the current record of just under 61 days with the new “wave-slicing” super-boat to be built in Portsmouth, with a series of British companies playing a part.

The bid will be given the go-ahead this week with a formal announcement at the London Boat Show that the Hampshire firm ABC Marine is to build the boat.

Construction, expected to take four months, will get under way before a three-month program of sea trials in the Solent, according to a report in The (U.K.) Telegraph.

In addition to having a specially designed hull that is intended to cut fuel consumption by as much as 30 percent, the boat will use a unique new fuel compound designed to cut pollutants dramatically by mixing diesel and water.